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We understand that each child, young person or adult with autism that we support is unique.
An Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a child, young person or adult communicates and relates to both people and the world around them. The term ‘spectrum’ is used because although there are three main areas of difficulty that affect all people with autism – social communication, social interaction and social imagination - the condition varies significantly between individuals.
We support many people with autism at MacIntyre: in our school, our further education provisions and in our services across the country.
Our skilled staff start from building an understanding of each person’s specific pattern of strengths and needs, using Person Centred Approaches to help them achieve their wishes and goals. We work closely with families to plan for the future and ensure each person we support is able to live a life that makes sense to them.
Within our Education Services, we provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, from academic to life skills and from social skills to work experience placements. We recognise that transition is one of the most difficult times for a young person with autism, so we offer extensive support for transition into school and residential placements and for the next steps as the young person makes the step into adult life.
Autism Special Interest Group
MacIntyre’s Autism Special Interest Group supports our Quality Strategy and provides a chance for our staff to promote and share best practice.
The Group meet three times a year in both the North and the South, bringing together staff from across the organisation who support a person with autism. It is an opportunity for our staff to expand their knowledge and learn from their peers.
Involving the people we support
We ensure we involve the people we support in the Autism Special Interest Group meetings as much as possible. If a person is unable to join the meetings in person, we used videos, photos and written stories to share their experiences and views on the topics being discussed.
We are regularly joined by guest speakers who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. From talking about personal experiences, to pet therapy, problem solving and the impact on families, we value the contribution that guest speakers are able to make to our meetings.